The developers behind Speaktoit Assistant, one of the best virtual assistants available for Android, have recently unveiled a premium version of the app that allows users to teach their virtual buddy customized responses for certain questions or commands.
Amazon announced today that they have acquired text-to-speech company Ivona. Could it mean competition for Google Now and Siri?
Details have emerged showing that Siri almost landed as an Android feature before purchase by Apple.
Siri was great when Apple launched the iPhone 4S, and had actually been one of the main marketing points of Apple’s smartphone platform. But a startup company says Siri is actually limited in its understanding of language. Even though Apple markets Siri’s artificial intelligence as understanding human speech even without special syntax or keywords, SkyPhrase says their solution is far more advanced.
A quick test of Google’s newly released voice search app for iOS reveals its superior performance over the native Siri. Even though limited to web based searches, Google voice search renders quicker and more accurate results compared to Siri. Anyone surprised?
With Google’s latest update to its iOS Search application, it might pose a more serious challenge to Siri on its iOS home turf. Google’s latest Search app for the iPhone and iPad may not be Google Now, but is “still a big step forward.”
It’s not very often that Apple and Google get sued for something, but that may well be happening in the next month. Instead of offering a service, patent troll ATC, who controls the patent for an off-site transcription system, is demanding that current users of the patent pay royalties.
We’ve talked about a lot of Siri alternatives for Android, but one that we haven’t yet mentioned is Maluuba. Until today it was only available for customers in the U.S. and Canada, but today Maluuba extends its reach to the U.K., Ireland and Australia.
Ever heard the old saying, “the walls have ears?” Apparently smartphones have ears as well at least if Nuance has its way. Okay, so voice communication with a smartphone isn’t anything new, but Nuance is hoping to take things up a notch. The company has already begun active work with chip companies to create a chipset that would allow phones and tablets to wake themselves up from sleep mode and start answering your voice-based questions.
We looked at Siri competitor Robin for the first time just a few months ago, but it has already made its way to version 2.0, getting a visual makeover in the process. Will the new look and new features finally give Siri a run for its money?